WSTA03H3 – Week 2
- What is a Theory?
o Set of ideas that act as principles used to understand phenomena.
o Explains something larger than itself.
- What type of gender inequalities does Liberal Feminism seek to redress?
o Institutional level
o Private & public
o Economic inequalities between men and women.
- Main Principles
o Opening access to opportunities for women.
o Promoting gender equality
E.g. anti-discriminatory laws, promoting women in male-dominated fields.
o Promoting women’s competitiveness in a male-dominated world.
Strategies Used by Liberal Feminism to deal with Gender Inequalities
- What types of solutions to these inequalities does Liberal Feminism have to offer?
o Equal-opportunities legislation
o Affirmative Action
o Gender mainstreaming
o Breaking the glass ceiling
o Sharing housework
o Affordable daycare facilities
Historical and Philosophical Roots
- Liberalism: belief in a free autonomous human (Rousseau, Hobbes, Locke and the
Enlightenment) - Liberalism is based on the belief that the